We are impatiently waiting for BMW to unveil the official production version of the i8, but we are unlikely to see the car until later this year or early next year. However, rendering artists are taking a shot at what the finished product could look like.
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At the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, BMW will unveil the i8 Spyder, which is considered to be closer to the finished version of the plug-in hybrid sports car. It seems the rendering artists combined both, images of the i8 Coupe and the i8 Spyder, and added some of their own finishing touches. It’s an interesting take that I wanted to share with you guys.
In 2013, the BMW i8 Coupe will go on sale followed by the BMW i8 Spyder in 2014.
Refresher: Power for the BMW i8 Concept comes from the same setup as the i8 coupe. A 131-hp electric-motor drives the front axle while a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine making 220-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque moves the rear axle. Together, the system produced 349-hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a twin-speed transmission, the BMW i8 Concept runs from 0 to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. On a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, the BMW i8 provides all-electric driving range of approximately 20 miles with a total range of around 400 miles. BMW says that the two-seater burns just three litres of petrol per 100 kilometers, which comes out to around 78 miles per gallon.
– By: Omar Rana